Eye of the Needle

03 Feb 2018 - 18 Mar 2018

Tim Meacham, Lecturer in Fine Art and Partner College Liaison Officer in the School of Music and Fine Art presetns an installation in conjunction with Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ at Turner Contemporary. 

Of the work Tim explains: “The viewer accompanies the needle on its journey across the landscape of a gramophone record.   The role of the needle is considered in first embedding sound, through creating the grooves of the record, and then as a “rider” travelling across the surface of the disc as it plays. 78-rpm records, made of shellac and slate dust, give something of themselves (dust) in order to release their sound, thus changing the landscape with each play”.

The work explores T.S. Eliot’s relationship with the mechanical sound recording of the gramophone, making particular reference to its role in The Waste Land in providing the machine mediated sound track of modernity.

“She smoothes her hair with automatic hand,  And puts a record on the gramophone.” The Waste Land 254-56.

Kindly Supported by the University of Kent

Thursday to Sunday 12noon - 4pm